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Re: Born to Hand Jive
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0975  Thursday, 10 June 1999.

From:           John Drakakis <
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Date:           Thursday, 10 Jun 1999 00:49:52 +0100
Subject: 10.0960 Born to Hand Jive
Comment:        RE: SHK 10.0960 Born to Hand Jive

Well, yes, but didn't Joseph get all of his illustrations from manuals
for the deaf and dumb? It is assumed that the gestures were the same for
actors and orators.  Interesting speculation but not particularly

John Drakakis

> Bertram Joseph's "Acting Shakespeare" (Theatre Arts Books 1960/1969; I
> have the 1989 reprint) deals extensively with conventionalized hand
> gestures used by Elizabethan orators and actors, and well-known to the
> audience-more or less the way that ballet audiences know that rolling
> the hands overhead means "let's dance," moving the back of the hand from
> the cheek to the chin means "beautiful" and pointing to the ring finger
> means wife or fianc


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